Explore modern life & biological rhythms Wednesday
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Science Night series continues Wednesday, April 10, with a program examining how our busy schedules may be affecting our body's natural pace. The program "Working against the clock: How modern life schedules are affecting our biological rhythms" with UW-Parkside Biology Professor Fabian Preuss, begins at 7 p.m. in room 103 of Greenquist Hall on the campus at 900 Wood Rd., Kenosha.
Working night shifts has long been associated with bad health, often being cited as the cause of poor eating habits, smoking, drinking, and other negatives. While scientists are now beginning to associate these problems with disruptions of shift workers' biological rhythms, today's 24/7 lifestyles may be putting the health of a larger segment of the population at risk.
"Our life schedules have taken new boundaries and, particularly, regular eating and sleeping times have suffered," said Dr. Preuss. "The full consequences of this new life style in regards to our biological clock, our sleep, and our general health remain to be revealed."
Dr. Preuss is a circadian biologist. He has worked with the American Waterways Operators and Northwestern University to investigate the effects of shift work schedules on operating crew members. Currently, he is researching the effects of dietary challenges in combination with desynchronized feedings.
This month's featured sponsor is SC Johnson, A Family Company. Attendees are urged to arrive early to enter a drawing for free Milwaukee Brewers tickets. They can also purchase tickets to win a $900 XPS 13 Ultrabook computer donated by Dell. Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. The raffle winner's name will be drawn May 8, at 8 p.m.
"Working against the clock: How modern life schedules are affecting our biological rhythms" with UW-Parkside Professor Fabian Preuss, is free and open to the public. High school and middle school students and faculty with an interest in math and science are encouraged to attend. Admission is free and parking in the Student Center lot is free after 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.For more information, call 262-595-2172.